Istanbul Photo Awards is ‘top-notch’: Pulitzer winner

New York Times senior photojournalist says Anadolu Agency exhibit at UN ‘reflects the state of photojournalism’


Anadolu Agency's international photograph competition is a world class international contest, according to an award-winning senior New York Times photojournalist.

“Istanbul Photo Awards is a top-notch international competition,” James Estrin told Anadolu Agency during his visit to an exhibition of a sample of the 2017 winners that are on display at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Estrin, who was part of a team that won a Pulitzer Prize in 2001, was impressed by the quality and scope of the exhibition.

“It reflects the state of photojournalism in general in the world,” he said.

“The thing that strikes me most is the photo-essays, deeper story-telling and several of the photos have one and also part of the other stories,” he added.

The exhibit highlights the works of 22 winners in this year’s competition that received approximately 25,000 submissions.

The Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations helped open the exhibition that is sponsored by Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency.

It is the second consecutive year the exhibit has been held at the UN headquarters and the third straight year Anadolu Agency has organized the contest.

Hosted by Anadolu Agency Deputy Director General and Editor-in-Chief Metin Mutanoglu and Saban Kizildag, the deputy chairman of Anadolu's Executive Board, the exhibition will run until Oct. 27.

Works highlighted include Fleeing Daesh, the Photo of the Year award snapped by French photographer Frederic Lafargue for the weekly news magazine Paris Match.

Aris Messinis’s Death in the Mediterranean for Agence France-Presse and Adam Pretty's photograph Below the Surface, taken for Getty Images in the sports category, were also included.

A spotlight was also shined on Hosam Salem, a freelance photojournalist in Gaza who received the Young Photojournalist Award for his work, Street Training in Gaza.


Istanbul Photo Awards launches New York exhibition

Anadolu Agency's international photograph competition on display at UN headquarters


The works of 22 award-winning photographers were on display Monday in an exhibit launched by Anadolu Agency at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Winners of the Istanbul Photo Awards 2017 hail from 17 countries and beat out the competition at this year’s contest that received approximately 25,000 entries.

The Permanent Mission of Turkey to the United Nations helped open the exhibition that is sponsored by Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency

It is the second consecutive year the exhibit has been held at the UN headquarters and the third straight year Anadolu Agency has organized the contest.

"What is important for [Anadolu Agency] is to ensure that news photographs are widely published and more accessible," Anadolu Agency Deputy Director-General and Editor-in-Chief Metin Mutanoglu, who played host, said at the opening ceremony.

"And what is also important for us is to tell human stories to the audience through photo interviews, and this requires well-trained professionals," he added.

Among the highlighted works were Fleeing Daesh, the Photo of the Year award snapped by French photographer Frederic Lafargue for the weekly news magazine Paris Match.

News Series Award winner Aris Messinis’s Death in the Mediterranean for Agence France-Presse and Adam Pretty's photograph Below the Surface, taken for Getty Images in the sports category were also included.

A spotlight was also shined on Hosam Salem, a freelance photojournalist in Gaza who received the Young Photojournalist Award for his work, Street Training in Gaza.

The exhibition will be displayed adjacent to the Vienna Cafe in the UN until Oct. 27.

Distinguished guest at the opening ceremony included Turkey's permanent representative at the UN Feridun Sinirlioglu, Consul General in New York Ertan Yalcin, other UN permanent representatives, consular authorities, national and international media organizations and representatives for the Turkish community.

Applications for the Istanbul Photo Awards 2018 will open Nov. 1 and run until Jan. 31, 2018.

The number of categories will be increased from eight to 10 and the total prize money will be raised to $165,000 in the next competition.

New York set to host Istanbul Photo Awards exhibition

Award-winning photographs will be displayed at UN headquarters for about two weeks starting from Monday